Since 2005, we have created short and medium-length film and video content strongly rooted in personal storytelling practices. Working with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the National Film Board of Canada, the Toronto Arts Council, and Telefilm Canada, our projects have won awards and garnered critical acclaim at major festivals around the world. Our mandate is to contribute to the Canadian cultural and artistic landscape through the creation of diverse and original works of film, video, and related media.
Operating as a collective, NORTH COUNTRY CINEMA is actively involved in numerous projects being produced across Canada. Our regular team is composed of the following members:
KYLE THOMAS is a filmmaker and musician from Calgary, and an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His short film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011), was awarded top prizes at the Calgary and Edmonton International Film Festivals for short format work by an Alberta-based director, and was screened in competition at SXSW 2012. Kyle’s latest short film The Post (2013) was presented at Cannes 2013 as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program. He is currently in pre-production on his first feature film Down In The Valley, a multi-narrative drama set in the badlands of central Alberta. This project is being produced with the support of Telefilm Canada, and is targeted for completion in 2014.
ALEXANDER CARSON is a Canadian film and media artist. He holds a BFA and an MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His recent films, including “Last Communication with Laura” (2009), “We Refuse To Be Cold” (2011), and Braids (2012), have screened at major film festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Alexander received the Award for Innovation at Sled Island Festival 2012, and the Achievement in Direction Award at the Air Canada En Route Film Festival in 2012 for “We Refuse To Be Cold”. His new film Numbers & Friends (2013), a playful cine-essay about sports fandom and cultural identity, is set for a festival release in the fall of 2013. He is currently in development on his feature-length project O, Brazen Age, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
CAMERON MACGOWAN is a Calgary-based filmmaker, and a graduate of the Film/Video program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Cameron’s first outing with North Country Cinema was producing Kyle’s award-winning film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011). His latest short film as writer/director is Black Hills (2012), a gritty and haunting western that has screened widely at festivals across North America. Cameron is currently in pre-production on his new short film Back Streets, a small town drama being produced with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The film is set for festival release in early 2014.
NICHOLAS MARTIN is a frequent NCC collaborator currently living in Los Angeles, California. He is an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, and a founding member of North Country Cinema. Although Nick no longer works as a producing partner, he has contributed creatively to several recent award-winning NCC projects, including Alexander’s film “We Refuse To Be Cold” (as a performer), and Kyle Thomas’ Not Far From The Abattoir (as a composer).